Lighted scrap fabric garland for any holiday

I love decorating for the holidays, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. My friend, Angela, shared this adorable lighted scrap fabric garland with me, so naturally I had to share it with you!

Lighted scrap fabric garland tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter.  This easy decoration can be made for any holiday using fabric, ribbon, tulle or lace!

Lighted scrap-fabric garland

I have not made my own lighted scrap-fabric garland (yet), so I’m using Angela’s photos for reference. You’ll see some green strips of fabric because that’s what she’s working on next!

If you have a healthy collection of fabric scraps, you’ll be able to make this garland very easily. It’s as easy as cutting fabric into strips and tying a knot! You can use pinking shears, a pinking blade for your rotary cutter or you could tear your fabric for a really shabby chic look. They should be between 3/4″ and 2″ wide and approximately 9″ long. I like mixing the lengths and widths for a really scrappy, vintage look.

You could also use ribbon, tulle, burlap or lace for this project and customize it for any holiday or occasion. I can see it as a very romantic looking garland or very rustic too – that’s the beauty of it!

You can use any type of twinkle lights that you have, either plug-in or battery powered. They produce very little heat and are safe to use. I like the white wire that comes with this set because it will blend better with most fabric.

Take each strip of fabric and tie it in a knot around the string of lights. I think the fuller, the better – so go crazy with your fabric strips! You can even double the light strand (by using 2 or folding one in half) to make it brighter and thicker. That’s it! You’ll have a beautiful lighted garland to decorate your home or office with.

Lighted scrap fabric garland tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter.  This easy decoration can be made for any holiday using fabric, ribbon, tulle or lace!
Lighted scrap-fabric garland. Photo courtesy of Angela Bonomo
Lighted scrap fabric garland tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter.  This easy decoration can be made for any holiday using fabric, ribbon, tulle or lace!
Lighted scrap-fabric garland. Photo courtesy of Angela Bonomo

Are you ready to bust into your scraps? Me too! This is something you could even get the kiddos involved in. Thanks, Angela, for your idea and inspiration!

For more Valentine’s Day sewing decor check out my Heart Sachet Tutorial and my Quilted Heart Tutorial.

Happy scrap busting!

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About Julie Cefalu

Hello! I'm Julie and I love to quilt, craft, read, garden, hike and spend time with my family.

6 thoughts on “Lighted scrap fabric garland for any holiday

  1. Wow, this is so festive! I love how it looks when it is lit up! I’m thinking this will be a great holiday craft project for me and my son–now I just have to decide which holiday! Thanks for the great idea!

  2. Hi,
    Several years ago we made this without the lights but with green and red strips. Used the garland on the Christmas tree. Lots of fun with Grand kids. Still have it with stored decorations.

  3. Happy Valentines, Julie,
    Thank you for the cute pattern idea. Instead of a scrappy garland, I am going to make one of Valentines. Maybe they won’t be ready this year, but watch out 2021. How are the new baby and his sisters doing? Momma must be a busy but happy girl herself.

  4. This would be a great Christmas project, especially with tiny white lights.
    Thinking it would be fun to do with the grands.

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